Friday, March 20, 2015

Christopher Spencer, Director of Planning for the City of Albany to address Albany Roundtable - 4/8/15


Christopher Spencer, Director of Planning for the city of Albany will address the Albany Roundtable luncheon on Wednesday, April 8 at the National Register-listed University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany.  This luncheon is sponsored by NAI Platform.

In December 2014, Mayor Sheehan announced the start of ReZone Albany -- a major initiative to update the city’s antiquated Zoning Code. This two-year effort will streamline procedures for project development and promote sustainable design.  The existing Zoning Code, all corresponding laws, environmental and development regulations, along with sustainable and conservation practices, will be reviewed and combined into one consolidated Unified Sustainable Development Ordinance (USDO).

“NAI Platform is pleased to provide our support to the efforts of the city of Albany to spread the word about ReZone Albany,” said Felton McLaughlin, associate broker for NAI Platform. “This is the first time in 50 years that the city has performed a comprehensive updating of its zoning laws. This effort will be educating all citizens as to what sort of development is desired in every neighborhood, as well as clearly identifying what would not be a good fit. This clarity should streamline the development process and hopefully encourage additional investment activity. We are delighted to sponsor the upcoming Albany Roundtable presentation by Chris Spencer.”

Spencer was named Director of Planning for the city of Albany in September 2014.  He previously served as a campus planner at the University at Albany and prior to that, as a town planner for Tiverton, Rhode Island.  He received a bachelor's of science degree in historic preservation from Roger Williams University (Bristol, RI) and and a master's degree in city planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA), where he focused on city design and development. Spencer is also on the Board of Directors of the Albany County Land Bank Corporation

The cost for the luncheon is $20. The Roundtable also offers its guests the option of paying in advance with a credit card at www.albanyroundtable.com or paying at the door. The University Club will serve a hot and cold buffet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30. Reservations for the April 8 luncheon are required by Monday, April 6 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling 518-431-1400 (the Albany Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@yahoo.com    

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Scholarship Deadline EXTENDED to April 1!

The Albany Roundtable, a civic luncheon series celebrating its 36th season in 2015, is accepting applications for The Albany Roundtable Scholarship.

“The Albany Roundtable has a long history of providing a forum for discussion on the issues of the day,” said Albany Roundtable President Chris Hawver. “We hope that these scholarships will help to foster a new generation of civic leaders who will go on to contribute to their communities in ways that we cannot yet imagine.”

Two scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each will be awarded to two high school seniors who are recommended by a member in good standing of the Albany Roundtable. The application must be submitted by a student in his or her senior year of high school, and will be awarded contingent upon acceptance and attendance at a two- or four-year college or university.

Applications must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, April 1, 2015, and the scholarships will be awarded at the Roundtable’s Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 21.

A short questionnaire, available below and at Roundtable meetings in January, February and March, must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor at the applicant’s school, or if the student is home-schooled, by a member of the community. An official transcript including courses, grades and grade point average should be included, as well as an essay of 300-500 words on the following topic: Citizenship includes the exercise of certain personal responsibilities, including considering the rights and interests of others. Discuss your involvement in a civic capacity which demonstrates your commitment to the community. This can include religious, social, and/or political activities.

Applications may be mailed to the Roundtable or may be submitted by email to ecrosen52@gmail.com .

Monday, March 2, 2015

Mike Jacobson, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Capital District to address Albany Roundtable - 3/11/15


Mike Jacobson, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Capital District will address the Albany Roundtable luncheon and explain how the principles of Maslow’s Hierarchy are being incorporated into Habitat’s mission on Wednesday, March 11 at the National Register-listed University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany. 

Habitat for Humanity Capital District, founded in 1988 as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is a nonprofit organization that serves Albany, Rensselaer and Southern Saratoga counties and is responsible for coordinating all aspects of Habitat home building, including fundraising, building site selection, partner family selection and support, house construction, and mortgage servicing.  To date, Habitat for Humanity Capital District has built 92 homes for families in the Capital District and is looking forward to completing its 100th house in 2015.

Jacobson, a 30 year veteran as a senior human resources executive for some of America’s leading companies, started his career at Habitat as a volunteer.  He served as Executive Director of the Sarasota Florida affiliate for six years and in 2010, he returned “home” to New York to lead the Capital District affiliate.  Jacobson and his wife Susan currently reside in Troy.

The cost for the luncheon is $20. The Roundtable also offers its guests the option of paying in advance with a credit card at www.albanyroundtable.com or paying at the door. The University Club will serve a hot and cold buffet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30. Reservations for the March 11 luncheon are required by Monday, March 9 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling 518-431-1400 (the Albany Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@yahoo.com